THE Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) reported on Friday that a total of 54 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered in its areas of responsibilities since January this year.
Eastmincom public information officer Captain Alberto Caber said that 12 of the total figure were planted along national highways by members of the New People's Army (NPA).
"The IEDs were immediately brought to the nearest military detachment for documentation before it was turned over to the personnel from Explosive and Ordnance Detachment," Caber said.
Caber said the continuous manufacture and use of the IEDs is a gross violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
He cited the incident last April 1 in Surigao del Sur where a civilian was killed and seven others were hurt after an IED exploded.
Caber said the armed forces are continuously conducting security patrol in their respective areas to ensure the safety of the people. (ICT/Sunnex)